Here's a nice little indie success story for you! Halls of Torment from Chasing Carrots launched on May 24th into Early Access with Native Linux support and it works great on Steam Deck. They've announced that their launch week was pretty great!
Need your 4x space fix but find the likes of Stellaris just a bit too long? Perhaps keep an eye on the upcoming release of New Stars.
The Outlast Trials released from Red Barrels on May 18th was something a bit special, with it Steam Deck Verified and working great on desktop Linux with Proton.
What do you get if you combine classic Diablo with Vampire Survivors? Well one developer decided to show you with an unholy combination in Halls of Torment.
The team working on the Nintendo Switch emulator yuzu have released some Early Access upgrades, this time around for the Steam Deck.
Path of Titans is one I haven't checked on in some time, a dinosaur MMO survival game currently in development and it's looking pretty good.
Sumerian-Akkadian mythology blended together with Dieselpunk, certainly quite a unique setting in Erra: Exordium which released with Linux support recently.
Ready to scare yourself silly? The Outlast Trials has hit Steam Early Access and it's Steam Deck Verified right out of the gate.
If dwarves aren't your thing and you want to do some building in space, Stardeus is worth a look and it just recently had a pretty huge upgrade.
Enjoy games like RimWorld, Dwarf Fortress and The Settlers? You'll likely quite enjoy dwarven colony builder Mountaincore as well.
A little janky in places as expected from an Early Access game but Starship Troopers: Extermination is a lot of fun to play with friends and even complete strangers.
Valheim is a fantastic game but it could do with some optimisations, especially when you're building up a big castle and whatever else people come up with. Thankfully Iron Gate have put out some improvements.
Mechabellum is a new Early Access release from Game River and Paradox Arc (the publishing arm of Paradox Interactive). It's an auto-battler like say Dota Underlords and Auto Chess, but with big mech units with battles like Supreme Commander.
City-builders come in all shapes and sizes and now you can build on the back of a massive turtle flying through space in World Turtles.
BLASTRONAUT is a bit of an indie gem, a mining exploration game about blowing up the world beneath you to collect resources. The latest update is a bit wet.
Thrive is a free and open source in-development evolution sim, a bit like a more scientific version of EA's Spore and Thrive 0.6.2 expands the gameplay even more with some new prototypes.
Starsector is something quite special, originally called Starfarer it's been in development for quite a few years now and a big new release is now available.
If you love anything remotely similar to Vampire Survivors and other horde-style auto-shooters, you might want to take a look at Swarm Grinder.
Have you been someone who loved playing games like Starcraft and Age of Empires primarily in multiplayer mode with your friends, or do you still play them? Then I might have something for you that could make your competitive RTS heart beat faster and bring some fresh ideas.
Continuing my quest to have no free time ever, I have been checking out Soul Survivors that's now available in Early Access. It may be yet another Vampire Survivor-like but that's not a bad thing at all.